Vikesh Kapoor, Desiree Cannon, Dawn Riding

Vikesh Kapoor

Vikesh Kapoor is an artist born in Sunset Pines, Pennsylvania.

In 2013, Kapoor released his debut folk album, The Ballad of Willy Robbins, to critical acclaim. His songs have been highlighted by The New Yorker, The Guardian, Interview Magazine and Rolling Stone. Rough Trade awarded his debut one of the Best 100 Albums of the Year.

In 2010, Kapoor had the distinction of performing an original song during Howard Zinn's memorial service alongside Noam Chomsky and prominent civil rights activists at Boston University.

He is currently working on his second album.

Desiree Cannon

Desiree Cannon is an Oakland-based country-folk musician with roots in the Bay Area and the ranch lands of San Benito County. Her songs have grown out of a childhood spent listening to old country cassettes and reading western novels at her grandpa’s cattle ranch, and have matured into the heartbreaking ballads and soulful anthems that are relevant in present-day Oakland. Desiree pays tribute to the spirit of both the country and folk traditions, crafting music that is as vulnerable as it is strong-willed and fierce – she sings with the raw truth of the country greats, and the emotional depth of the often forgotten folk heroes. Her songwriting is intimate and nostalgic, her voice thick with heartache, and her music reminiscent of all the beautiful losers that have existed for the sake of the song.

Dawn Riding

Songwriter Sarah Rose Janko grew up lonely watching blues and rock and roll bands at her dad’s bar and singing herself to sleep. After living in New York City and New Orleans and wandering around the country aimlessly, she settled in Oakland, Ca where she met Hall McCann who learned to harmonize in church and rides a motorcycle. Together they are the voice of Dawn Riding singing tales of heartache, friendship, struggle and love. Accompanied by drummer Jasmyn Wong (Sky Green Leopards, Paula Frazer, The Sarees) this trio brings a raw emotionally rich sound that belongs to long nights and slow dancing, dirt roads and day dreaming, legends and laying low.



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